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The First Time With... Roger Waters Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 July 2016
BBC 6 Music

The First Time With...Roger Waters airs at 1pm UK time today (Sunday, July 24th) on the UK's BBC Radio 6 Music.

In this one hour long programme, Roger talks about a youth obsessed with blues, jazz and R&B, and his early songwriting influences like Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan and John Lennon. He looks back at his relationship with his childhood friend Syd Barrett, who would join the Pink Floyd in 1965. He recalls the post-Syd Floyd, the creation of legendary albums like The Dark Side Of The Moon and his uneasy relationship with the fame that followed. Roger also focuses on The Wall - the 1979 concept album inspired by that relationship - and how he revisited the album in 2010 for his epic record breaking Roger Waters: The Wall tour, which also inspired a live album and a feature movie. He also talks about his famously acrimonious split from Pink Floyd, and more positively his new material.

BBC6 Music can be heard in much of Europe, online at www.BBC.co.uk, and the show itself can be heard via the BBC's iPlayer service following broadcast. Listeners worldwide may also be able to tune in via the TuneIn app for Apple/Android devices.

 
David Gilmour in Pompeii: Guardian photo essay Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 July 2016

David Gilmour in Pompeii: Guardian Photo EssayThe UK's Guardian newspaper has posted an online "photo essay" containing a great range of exclusive photographs taken at last week's Pompeii concerts, with plenty of glimpses behind the scenes as well as shots of the concerts themselves.

There's something for everyone in the pictures: from detailed equipment shots (including the guitar effects pedals used), to his voice treatments, to strolling the tunnels in the amphitheatre with the director Adrian Maben, looking at his fascinating exhibition about Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii. The in-concert pictures are particularly atmospheric.

In the article, there is also a short (two and a half minute) audio montage from the concerts, edited together by Gavin Elder, the director of the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of the concerts, and photographer of many wonderful pictures seen during the course of David's Rattle That Lock tour on David's Facebook page. As yet, of course, there is no indication when the film of the concerts will be ready and scheduled for release, but rest assured we will keep you updated on this front. We are certain that many of you will be desperate to see the show footage - and with very good reason...

 
BBC Radio 6 interview with David Gilmour in Pompeii Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

This morning, an interview with David Gilmour, along with historian Mary Beard, was aired on the UK's BBC Radio 6. The interview talks about the location of David's pair of concerts at the wonderful Anfiteatro di Pompei, and David's choices of song for the shows. You can hear the four minute piece here:

 
David Gilmour's return to Pompeii and honorary citizenship Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 July 2016
David Gilmour becomes honorary citizen of Pompeii

Last week, David Gilmour and his band performed the pair of spectacular shows at the legendary Anfiteatro di Pompei in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, marking the first time he has played there in 45 years. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre which was built in 90BC and entombed in ash when Vesuvius erupted in AD79.

The amphitheatre was only uncovered after the Second World War and David's concerts were the first time that there has been an audience present in the arena in almost 2000 years. To mark the occasion of David's return, he was officially named an honorary citizen of Pompeii by local Mayor Ferdinando Uliano, in a special ceremony on July 6th, the day before the first show. Our thanks to Roger Leleu for the photos below, taken at the ceremony.

As noted elsewhere on this site, the lucky audience members were treated to an audio visual spectacular featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a setlist featuring songs from throughout David's career. Tracks performed over the two nights ranged from his latest album 'Rattle That Lock' to the Pink Floyd classic 'One Of These Days', the only song that was also performed at the 1971 show.

Both concerts also saw very special performances of 'The Great Gig In The Sky' which David has rarely played as a solo artist (one of those rare performances was in Paris, 2006, with Sam Brown on vocals). A special guest at the second show was the world renowned classicist Mary Beard, an expert on Ancient Rome as well as a lifelong Pink Floyd fan, who treated David and his wife Polly Samson to a guided tour of the amphitheatre.

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